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A La Carte (June 3)

I did not find much noteworthy today for Kindle deals. However, you may want to note that Westminster Books has a good deal on a new book titled Unshakable that looks ideal for students. They have discounts on a few other related titles.

The Sun Is Always Shining in Modern Christian Pop

“Jamie Grace’s ‘Beautiful Day’ was one of the top 10 Christian songs of 2014 and has a typically peppy chorus: ‘This feeling can’t be wrong / I’m about to get my worship on / Take me away / It’s a beautiful day.’ Switch it out for Pharrell’s ‘Happy,’ and a congregation might not be able to tell the difference.”

Died: Robertson McQuilkin

It seems fitting to include a link to this after the previous one. “Robertson McQuilkin, who stepped down from the presidency of Columbia Bible College and Seminary (now Columbia International University) in 1990 to care fulltime for his ailing wife, Muriel, has died. He was 88.”


The current issue of Tabletalk deals with legalism. You can read many of the articles for free online.

How Is Your Phone Changing You?

In every way, basically. This video explains.

Four Warning Signs You May Be Wandering from the Truth

“You don’t want to be that person. So, you need to be alert to the danger. You may know someone who is wandering, and God may use you to bring a wanderer back and help them get rooted in the truth.”

This Day in 1905. 111 years ago today, founder of the China Inland Mission, Hudson Taylor, died. *

The Politics of Never Growing Up

Samuel James considers for a moment the portrait that is currently emerging of the young American adult.

Untangling the Air Traffic Network

Here are some neat visualizations of the world’s air traffic.

Flashback: The Cost of Radical Generosity

“I was actually just starting to feel a little sorry for myself. I was on the sidelines at my daughter’s soccer game while a group of parents stood behind me laughing and chatting.”


Grateful law-keeping is the saved sinner’s response to received grace. The rest of our lives are a way of saying, “Thank you.”

—Derek Thomas

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.